Happy days are here again

The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham’s forthcoming June-August season promises some long-awaited summer fun.

There’s sensational music and dance, plus rare stage appearances from the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth and the top-selling musical duo Hall and Oates, to name just a few of the treats in store.

The Theatre Royal will welcome the return of the annual Classic Thriller Season in August while the Royal Concert Hall will see major refurbishments taking place with the installation of brand new auditorium seating.

The Theatre Royal’s summer season starts in spectacular style with West End blockbusting comedy musicals Rock of Ages, and the Rod Stewart musical Tonight’s The Night, written by Ben Elton. Another feelgood musical, Happy Days, based on the hit TV series, comes to the venue for the very first time.

Dance fans will be thrilled to see the return of Strictly favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in their brand new show, Dance ‘Til Dawn, whilst Kevin Clifton headlines the dance sensation Flash Mob! alongside Strictly co-star Karen Hauer, Olivier-nominated Tommy Franzén and Street Dance champions Flawless.

Classical ballet fans are also spoilt for choice with English Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée, both visiting Nottingham this season.

Two national treasures from very different walks of life visit the Royal Concert Hall this summer; Sir Bruce Forsyth entertains with a special and rare live stage performance and Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks about his lifetime of record-breaking expeditions.

For lovers of classical music, the Royal Concert Hall celebrates the grand finale of the 2013-14 Nottingham Classics season with The Hallé in June.

The renowned Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir will also visit the venue for a special charity concert in aid of the Wainman Trust.

More choir-themed events include the return of the popular and interactive Drivetime Concert, giving the audience a chance to join the 500-strong choir singing with The Hallé, plus TV’s favourite Choirmaster, Gareth Malone, brings his live tour to the venue.

The ever-popular Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season returns this summer, offering four weeks of murder mysteries to solve including The Ghost Train, Shadow of the Ghost, Fatal Encounter and Murder Weapon.

Younger theatre goers will have a chance to enjoy a mad-cap adventure with Scooby-Doo: The Mystery of the Pyramid and a family-friendly Beanbag Music Club concert especially for under sixes.

Other highlights include a very special night of music with Daryl Hall and John Oates, who begin their long-awaited UK tour in Nottingham.

More information can be found at www.trch.co.uk

n Robert Farquhar’s funny and heart-warming comedy Kissing Sid James can be seen at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre tonight (Wednesday) from 7.30pm.

It is to be performed by Reform Theatre Company, the group that brought Guildhall Theatre audiences the plays Housebound, My Favourite Summer and Like A Virgin.

Eddie, a stationary salesman of some repute, flash car, flash suit, with flash chit chat, meets Crystal, the local casino croupier, gorgeous, funny, confident, the girl of his dreams, but a girl with a past.

A phone call later, he invites her for a getaway break and the two would-be lovers head for a romantic rendezvous in a coastal B and B, where Eddie tries to woo and impress the new love in his life.

Will opposites attract and a love life blossom, or will it be a wet weekend, with no candy floss and love hearts.

This is a winning romantic comedy with loads of laughter and romance thrown in, and, with Sean Connery, Karaoke and Scrabble all figuring, the couple are set for a weekend to remember.

Tickets are priced at £13, with concessions available, and can be purchased from the Derby LIVE box office on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk